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Neuroscience

The Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience at the University of Mount Union allows students to explore the impact that the brain has on behavior and mental processes through a number of courses and hands-on experiences with peers and faculty. Students will learn about the physiology of the brain, its impact on behaviors and psychiatric disorders, as well as basic chemistry and biology skills needed to understand neuroscience. The major itself focuses as well on clinical and health outcomes of brain science.

Neuroscience Major Quick Facts  

The neuroscience degree at the University of Mount Union requires a total of 44 major-specific credit hours, as well as 32 credits to fulfill the Integrative Core. The Integrative Core is the University’s general education program and gives students the opportunity to explore areas of interest outside of their field of study as well as give the necessary leadership and communication skills needed for a rewarding career.

Neuroscience is a major that allows students to explore their work in ways in which they gain hands-on experience outside of the classroom, such as: 

  • Psychophysiological and neuropsychological research in an undergraduate laboratory
  • Canine cognition opportunities for students interested in animal research
  • AA project within the drugs and behavior course
  • Build your own illusion project in the sensation and perception course
  • Hands-on laboratory days in the core neuroscience courses
  • Internship opportunities working with Autism in Spectrum Education Center

Learning Objectives

With a broad-base of knowledge regarding behavior and mental processes, a major in neuroscience at the University of Mount Union will prepare you for advanced study in graduate and professional schools in several different areas including:

  • Core work in neuroscience anatomy and physiology
  • Basic science research in such courses as sensation and perception and cultural health psychology
  • Applied science research in such courses as introduction to autism and drugs and behavior

The neuroscience major provides many opportunities for experiential learning through internships and field placements and a robust undergraduate research laboratory setup across multiple faculty members.

Other off-campus opportunities include professional meetings, undergraduate research conferences, the Wilderness Experience, and spring break service projects in developing countries. All of which is designed to prepare students for their future careers.

DEPARTMENTAL MISSION 

The mission of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development is to develop and maintain an academic curriculum and co-curricular activities that help students acquire a broad base of knowledge in the field, acquire the intellectual and communication skills necessary to participate in these fields as scientists and practitioners, and develop characteristics that encourage personal fulfillment, meaningful work and responsible citizenship.

DEPARTMENTAL GOALS 

The goals of the department fall into five categories:

Knowledge Base

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs and experiences that foster the acquisition of significant knowledge of the field, including historical and contemporary persons and events that have shaped the discipline. The department seeks to provide students with an understanding of the varied methods, theories, and conceptual models that serve as organizing frameworks for understanding behavior and experience.

Intellectual Skills 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides programs, courses and experiences that enable students to develop skills in the areas of communication, information gathering, critical thinking, problem solving, and quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, analysis, and interpretation.

Personal Characteristics 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that promote self-awareness, capacity for self-reflection, and interpersonal competence.

Values, Ethics, and Professionalism 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development courses, programs, and experiences that encourage the development of an appreciation of diversity, values associated with psychological science, and a commitment to ethical and professional behavior.

Career Development 

  • The Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development provides courses, programs, and experiences that enable students to use psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.

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